Experience the best of Ballina

What's on in Ballina

Set on the banks of the Richmond River, Ballina is the commercial & cultural heart of the shire. It's a unique blend of tranquil seaside retreat & vibrant holiday resort. When it comes to life's simple pleasures, it doesn't get much better than this: Ballina and its coast and hinterland villages is a vibrant area with lots of events, entertainment and concerts.

For information on the dates, venues and activities
Discover Ballina MORE
Ballina Info things to do MORE
Around you - festivals - what's on MORE

Follow us on Facebook and keep up to date with what's happening in Ballina, we often offer special deals to our Facebook friends to attend events.

For entertainment, music & touring acts, see what's on at our clubs MORE

Ballina Markets


  • Ballina - 3rd Sunday
  • Ballina Twilight Market - Thursday 4pm-8pm (daylight savings only)
  • Ballina Farmers Market - Every Sunday

For a complete list of markets in the region click on link below MORE

EXPLORE – fun and adventure

Ballina is situated at the mouth of the Richmond River on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, and boasts some of the most beautiful surfing beaches and picturesque headlands on the east coast of Australia. It is surrounded by water, bordered by North Creek, The Canal and the beautiful Richmond River making Ballina, in fact, a true Island.

Ballina's name is originally from an aboriginal word meaning "place of many oysters", so it isn't any surprise that there are highly prodcutive oyster leases and commercial fisheries within the estuary of the Richmond River..

The first Europeans to settle on the Richmond River in 1842 were Cedar logging families. As the number of settlers increased Ballina (known as Richmond Heads) serviced the small Cedar settlements along the tributaries of the river. Remnants of these times can be seen in both in Ballina and the surrounding villages and can be explored by taking one of the Heritage Trails - the Norton Street Heritage trail in Ballina or the Alstonville Heritage Trail. You can pick up a copy of both Trail Maps from the Ballina Visitor Information Centre, 6 River Street, Ballina or download a copy from the website MORE

The population of Ballina Shire is around 42,000 with urban Ballina home to around 25,000. It boasts 32 kilometres of white sandy beaches and a glorious hinterland environment, and each year, the Northern Rivers tourism region attracts more tourists than either Tasmania or the Northern Territory. Reasons for its popularity include:

  • Having an International Airport (Gold Coast) an hour away as well as the Ballina-Byron airport;
  • Four million people live within 1 to 2 hours drive and a further six million are within a short flight;
  • Has a subtropical climate, but virtually tropical in character and lifestyle;
  • World heritage-listed rainforests;
  • Some of Australia's best beaches and surfing;
  • A diverse, eclectic and original art, craft and music industry; and
  • Includes over 300 villages and localities.

Do as much or as little as you like. Ballina and Byron Bay offer a wide range of activities; all you have to do is decide which one to get out of bed for.

Ballina by Land


Your guide to land based activities including nature walks, horse riding, mountain bike tours, day trips, golf, entertainment for the kids and more

  • Play 9 holes at the Teven Valley Golf Course with its remnant rainforests and meandering creeks, their pro shop hire equipment so can kit you out and afterwards you can stay and enjoy the use of their BBQ facilities, with seating for 30 there's plenty of room for socialising after your game. They are licenced so a cold beer could be in order as well.. http://tevenvalleygolfcourse.com.au (15 kms) Ballina Golf Course 4 kms http://www.ballinagolfclub.com.au Byron Bay golf course (27kms) MORE
  • Bowls, Tennis and Croquet can all be enjoyed at the Cherry Street Sports Club MORE
  • Take in the spectacular coastline from Ballina's extensive cycleways MORE
  • Check out the skate parks at Ballina and Lennox Heads
  • Try Glow Bowling at the Ballina Ten Pin Bowl
  • Horse ride on South Ballina Beach with Tassiriki Ranch MORE
  • Discover the Far North Coast of New South Wales in relaxed air conditioned comfort on a day tour. A different tour each day MORE

Ballina by Sea


There are beaches that allow 4WD vehicle access (with a permit) and some that allow dogs and horses. Your guide to sea based activities including scuba diving, surf lessons, snorkelling, kayaking, whale watching, fishing and more

  • Kool Katz learn to surf school. For the more skilled, perfect barrels roll off North Wall and the world famous right hand break at Lennox Point
  • Kayak through the mangrove forests, or with the dolphins, it is your pick. MORE
  • Ballina Rock and Beach Fishing
  • Sea and River Fishing Charters Ballina and Beyond Fishing Charters 0418 664 941 or 0418 664 941
  • Have a relaxing fun day fishing in a Tinnie, or get some friends together and hire a BBQ boat for a great day picnicking, fishing and swimming. No license needed. MORE
  • (Stand up) Paddle down the serene waters of the Brunswick River whilst taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding area. MORE
  • Sharpes Beach & Shelly Beach are both patrolled beaches
  • 4WD Access Seven Mile Beach. MORE

Ballina by Air


Your guide to air based activities including sky diving, gliding, ballooning and more

  • Skydive over the magnificent Richmond River
  • Hang out over Pat Morton Lookout on a hang glider MORE
  • Witness firsthand the migration of the whales or take a helicopter tour over the hinterland MORE
  • Take a Joy Flight or Charter a plan and take a flight over the tropical hinterland or along the pristine coastline MORE
  • Byron Bay Microlights offers a raw and exhilarating experience MORE